Some say Anansi is a trickster, but he is a spider for sure and sometimes even a man. Let me tell you why he is also known as the “Keeper of Stories”. Once Anansi decided to gather all stories and become the wisest of all. After many years he finally had all the stories in the world, but poor Anansi did not feel any wiser. Eventually he realized that true wisdom is not achieved by keeping knowledge to yourself and so he decided to share his stories and inspire people with them. And believe it or not, this is how this game was made!
In this trick-taking card game by Cyril Blondel and Jim Dratwa, you have to be smart about which tricks you are trying to get! Each trick represents a story, but stories untold are worth only a little. If you can aquire followers as well – by playing a card not to the trick but for their indicated number of followers – you can match up your followers with stories to inspire them. It should always be your goal to inspire all your followers, because this grants you the tricksters favour and sweet bonus points.
Note, the cards played to aquire followers are added to the trump display, which determines the trump suit (the family that overrides the others), so trump can change multiple times in one game.
Note, the cards played to gain followers can affect the trump suit and therefore the trump can change several times in a game. It is up to you to adapt to the new situation!
Anansi is in series with Spicy, our card game recommended by Game of the Year 2020. Game box and card backs are decorated with a special metallic print in purple. For such a rich and cultural theme, we were able to gather brilliant artists from the African continent, who were able to create a unique and colorful look for the story world of Anansi.
Oh, the stories I could tell …
36 Follower Cards
42 Story Cards
3 Trump Cards
15 Trickster Bonus Cards